Unofficial voting results for Ward 1 by-election

Posted on Monday November 13, 2023

Helen Shwery elected as Councillor of Ward 1


Cambridge, Ontario. (November 13, 2023) – With 944 votes, the unofficial new Councillor for Ward 1 is Helen Shwery.

“On behalf of Cambridge City Council, I want to welcome Helen Shwery to Cambridge City Council”, said Cambridge Mayor Jan Liggett. “I am confident that Councillor Shwery will bring a unique point of view to decisions made at Council and be a passionate advocate for residents of Ward 1. It will be good to have a full complement of council once again and we look forward to having Helen as part of our team."

Below is a breakdown of the unofficial results. For more details, visit



Total Votes

Helen Shwery


Karl Kiefer


Michelle Goodridge


Richard Kaufman



Following the passing of longtime Ward 1 Councillor Donna Reid, on August 13, 2023, Council officially declared the Office of Councillor, Ward 1 vacant as required by the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001.  Council had 60 days to determine the method by which they chose to fill the vacancy of Office of Councillor, Ward 1. The options available to Council included an appointment process or choosing to hold a by-election. Council was presented with various methods to fill the vacancy through appointment or by-election.

The by-election for Office of Councillor for Ward 1 was held by internet voting and paper ballot with manual count.  

Official results will be released by the City Clerk on Tuesday, November 14, and will be available at




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